Coco Chanel: The Legend And The Life by Justine PicardieCoco Chanel: The Legend And The Life by Justine Picardie

Coco Chanel: The Legend And The Life

byJustine Picardie

Paperback | August 23, 2011

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Sleek. Chic. Notoriously guarded. Welcome to the secret world of Gabrielle Chanel.

The story of Chanel begins with an abandoned child, as lost as a girl in a dark fairy tale. Unveiling remarkable new details about Gabrielle Chanel’s early years in a convent orphanage and her flight into unconventional adulthood, Justine Picardie explores what lies beneath the glossy surface of a mythic fashion icon.

Throwing new light on her passionate and turbulent relationships, this beautifully constructed portrait gives a fresh and penetrating look at how Coco Chanel made herself into her own most powerful creation. An authoritative account, based on personal observations and interviews with Chanel’s last surviving friends, employees and relatives, it also unravels her coded language and symbols, and traces the influence of her formative years on her legendary style.

Feared and revered by the rest of the fashion industry, Coco Chanel died in 1971 at the age of eighty-seven, but her legacy lives on. Drawing on unprecedented research, Justine Picardie brings her fascinating, enigmatic subject out of hiding and uncovers the consequences of what Chanel covered up, unpicking the seams between truth and myth in a story that reveals the true heart of fashion.

The author of five books, including her critically acclaimed memoir,If the Spirit Moves You, and the novelDaphne, Justine Picardie is the former features director of BritishVogueand editor of theObservermagazine. She is a fashion columnist for theSunday Telegraphand writes for several other publications, includingHarper’s Bazaarand the...
Title:Coco Chanel: The Legend And The LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6.5 × 0.88 inPublished:August 23, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062074172

ISBN - 13:9780062074171

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a lovely book! This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. The writing is just lovely, and the photographs that punctuate the book are marvelous. And the book itself is so nice to hold- lovely paper and cover. I only knew that Chanel was a style icon of mine before I picked up this book: now I know about the woman and the times and events that shaped her and the House of Chanel. Wonderful read and I highly recommend!
Date published: 2012-07-05

Editorial Reviews

“Picardie’s biography on Chanel is not only stunningly presented—it features photos, pictures and fashion drawings by Karl Lagerfeld on almost every page—but brilliantly written.”